The rain finally fell last night after months of hot, dry days. Whilst it is only the beginning of what we need to end the drought that has overcome our province, my heart could not help but feel a sense of expectancy of what is to come, a sense of hope.
I was reminded of a sermon I heard many years ago that referred to rain and several passages in scripture that link rain with the blessings of God. As my prayers for our land continue in terms of crying out to the Lord for the rain and the Lord to “soften it with showers” so to do my prayers cry out to the Lord for His Spirit to soften the hearts of our land and let many turn to Him.
Psalm 65 vs 10
“You soften it with showers”
Rain always reminds me of His continual presence in my life and floods my heart with peace and praise!
“Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.”